March 16, 2021

New Brunswick committed to welcoming immigrants despite COVID-19

In 2020, New Brunswick issued 2,020 nominations, comparable to 2019, but the number of new immigrants was underwhelming.

The number of immigration candidates who were nominated by New Brunswick to immigrate to Canada in 2020 were similar to previous years.

Despite the immigration challenges that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, New Brunswick issued a total of 2,020 nominations through its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 2020. In 2019, the province issued 2,022 PNP nominations.

Although the number of nominations did not drastically drop, only 2,740 new permanent residents landed in New Brunswick as of November 31, 2020. In 2019, this number was a record 6,000.
This drop comes as a result of travel restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, as well as processing delays from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, according to a New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC) press release.

The President of the NBMC, Moncef Lakouas, said the immigration numbers show that the province is addressing employer needs.

“We know many sectors have been devastated by the impacts of the pandemic, especially the tourism industry and small and medium enterprises, but other sectors haven’t slowed down and the labour needs are just as urgent,” Lakouas said in the release. “Our settlement agencies and employers have worked hard to ensure new arrivals in the province followed quarantine plans and safety protocols to avoid spread of the virus. We even saw communities rallying to support newcomers collecting food, toys and games to welcome families during the quarantine period.”

New Brunswick continues to work towards reaching their immigration targets of around 7,500 newcomers per year by 2024. The province is also trying to attract more French-speaking immigrants, as it is Canada’s only province with both English and French as official languages. By 2024 they hope that a third of new immigrants to the province are French-speakers.

“The last year has been challenging for everyone, but we know employers across New Brunswick are still looking to grow their labour force and there is still a lot of work to do to rebuild the province’s post-pandemic economy,” said Ginnete Gautreau, who is the interim Executive Director at the NBMC.

What you need to know to immigrate to New Brunswick

If you wish to immigrate to New Brunswick, here are two economic immigration pathways to consider:

  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP);
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP).

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